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11/18/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The 2017 season came to a close for the Avonworth Antelopes football team when they faced the Riverside Panthers in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played at Seneca Valley last Friday. With 16 seniors in the starting line-up for the Panthers, their experience showed in every facet of the game as they overpowered the Antelopes 42-14.

'That's a good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

11/18/17

Bellevue Police officers were dispatched to North Balph Avenue at Teece on Nov. 3 for a male breaking into a vehicle.

A West Riverview Avenue resident reported a motorcycle was stolen from in front of the residence on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 6, a Grant Avenue resident reported a delivered package had been stolen from the front porch.

On Nov. 6, a Teece Avenue resident report a theft from an apartment.

A South Fremont Avenue reported a vehicle stolen on Nov. 7.

A juvenile, later identified, committed a retail theft from a Lincoln Avenue business on Nov. 7.

11/18/17

Calling it the "largest budget in Ben Avon history," council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2018 budget of $1,233,900 to council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue of $963,200, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $380,200 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $270,700.

11/18/17

The Nov. 13 meeting marked the end of an Avonworth school board member’s 17 years of service.

Eric Templin first joined the district’s school board in March, 2000. On Monday night, he was honored and thanked by his peers. He’ll also be missed for his traditional, “I’ll second,” as he was the board member most likely to second a motion.

11/18/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Discussions continue about the possible merger of Kilbuck and Ohio townships.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, members of the merger committee met at the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building. Local government policy specialist Michael Foreman, from the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, provided updated information on comments from the October meeting. Additionally, Foreman supplied attendees with sample merger paperwork from the 2013 proposed merger of Beaver County’s Patterson Township and Fallston Borough.

11/18/17

Joseph A. Ninehauser Joseph A. Ninehauser, 86, of Bellevue, died Thursday, November 9, 2017. He was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Pittsburgh. He married Gloria (Owens) Ninehauser on Sept. 8, 1950. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2015. Joe was a veteran of the USMC. In civilian life, Joe was a general mechanic and could fix anything presented to him. Joe spent his life lending a hand to anyone in need and was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

11/18/17

Bellevue officials will begin using existing zoning code provisions to regulate short-term rental properties, better known for the company that cornered the market in the business as Airbnbs.

Residents in the area of Meade Avenue in Bellevue have been complaining for months about a house that is not occupied by the owner, but instead is rented frequently to large groups of people for various events. The house is advertised as accommodating up to 14 people, all of whom can show up for days and take over available street parking, not to mention the noise at late hours.

11/11/17

On Oct. 2, an Orchard Avenue resident reported an unlocked car had been entered overnight.

On Oct. 2, a North Sprague Avenue resident reported that loose change had been stolen from a vehicle.

A North Balph resident reported on Oct. 2 that a scooter had been stolen off the front porch.

A Spring Avenue resident reported a firearm missing on Oct. 2.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported that shoes and a belt valued at over $1,000 had been taken from an unlocked home.

On Oct. 5, Bellevue Police received a report that a North Jackson Avenue school had been broken into overnight.

11/11/17

Whether it was a Democratic surge prompted by national politics, bad weather and low voter turn-out, or just more of the anti-incumbent sentiment seen in the primaries, there were some major upsets and eye-opening victories in Tuesday's municipal and school board elections

11/11/17

Not many sophomores today would decide to do what Greg Henniquan did back in 1966.

It probably would not even be possible for a sophomore of today to do what he did, but he was determined to pursue the direction that he had mapped out for his life.

Spending days in the classroom on Dickson Avenue where Avonworth High School was located back then just was not his style. Serving his country, which was embroiled in the war in Vietnam, had a much stronger emotional pull on him.

Greg, now 69, explains it simply by saying, “I wanted to serve my country.”

11/11/17

Dorothy Bergman Freeman Dorothy L. (Batykefer) Bergman Freeman, 92, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017, after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Frank Bergman and late Walter Freeman; mother of Carol (John) Kennedy, Frank (Rose) Bergman, Richard (Debbie) Bergman, Debbie (Mike) Dunn, Jeffrey (Maria) Bergman, Mary Turnbull, Kenneth (Donna) Bergman and Curt (Amy) Bergman and the late David (surviving wife Betty Jo) Bergman; sister of Jack Batykefer, also 24 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.

11/11/17

A Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township business reported a theft on Oct. 18.

On Oct. 21, a patron at a Ben Avon Heights Road business reported criminal mischief to an automobile.

A Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township business reported public drunkenness on Oct. 22.

A resident of Toms Run Road in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct on Oct. 22.

A resident on Duff Road in Ohio Township reported a theft on Oct. 22.

On Oct. 25, a Brighton Drive in Ohio Township resident reported fraud.

On Oct. 25, a Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township business reported public drunkenness.

11/11/17

When Bellevue Elementary students hear the sounds of fire sirens echoing in their town, they have a fairly good idea of what’s going on. They may not know where the fire is or how serious it is, but they can visualize what is going on at the fire station and they know the work that the firefighters are doing to end the emergency as quickly and as safely as possible.

11/11/17

By JIM RUMBLE

On paper it looked as though the #12 ranked Avonworth Antelopes would be making an early exit from the WPIAL playoffs when they traveled to Charleroi to play the #5 ranked Cougars in a first round game last Friday.

Five first half turn-overs by Charleroi produced 21 points for the 3-5 Antelopes, who hung on to upset the 9-1 Cougars 21-12.

"We watched them [Charleroi] on film, and we knew it was going to be a shoot-out tonight," said coach Duke Johncour after the game. "That's a good football team, but our defense came up with some huge turn-overs."

11/11/17

“In 1926, radium was a miracle cure. Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches were a fashion rage,” writes theater and book critic D. W. Geary.

But the fashion of that era, wristwatches with numbers and dials that gave off an eerie glow, soon turned into the nightmare of that era as the girls who applied the paint to those numbers and rotating dials began to show symptoms of a serious illness.

11/4/17

Bellevue has decisions to be made for council representatives in all three of the borough's wards.

In the First Ward, voters will choose two people for council. The sole incumbent running this year is seeking re-election. Kathy Coder is joined on the Republican ballot by Alexander Scioscia, who is not seeking election, and, according to family, appears on the ballot only because of some mix-up in his attempt to withdraw after the primary. The Democratic ballot features Val Pennington and Jodi Hause.

11/4/17

Employment/education:

DiTullio: University of Pittsburgh, BA Music, BA English Writing. Motorola, Unisys, Apple, University of Pittsburgh.

Kendall: Electrical Engineer (Field Sales Engineer) for a world renowned electrical manufacturer. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - University of Pittsburgh.

11/4/17

Politics in Ben Avon have gotten a bit lively this year, and the November ballot offers a lot of choices for voters.

There are four seats for four-year terms on the borough council. There are seven candidates from which to choose. On the Democratic ballot, candidates are Jennifer Bett, Henry Casale, Megan Griffin Dolan and David Stoekle. The GOP ballot has incumbents Michael Wrbas and Russell Kuehner, plus Victoria Brind’Amour. Incumbent R.J. White is running a write-in campaign.

11/4/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Competing in their 17th consecutive season of the WPIAL playoffs, the Avonworth girls’ volleyball team advanced to the semifinals after defeating Neshannock 3-1 in a quarterfinal game played at North Catholic on Tuesday.

“It was a hard fought match against a good team,” said coach Doug Vandervort.

The Lady ‘Lopes fell behind, dropping the first set 19-25, but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-21, 25-13 and 25-21 and win the match.

11/4/17

A resignation last spring by a member of the Northgate School Board created a situation fairly unique in the North Boroughs. Because the vacancy occurred too late for candidates to run in the primary election in May, the Allegheny County elections department turned to the two major political parties to nominate someone for the general election ballot.

11/4/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-6, 2-7) traveled down to Coraopolis last Friday night to take on the Cornell Raiders (1-7, 1-8) and, unlike the past four games, the Flames were unable to spark their offense early and were held scoreless in the first quarter. When the air cleared, the Flames were on the losing end of the 22-6 dust-up that has all the markings of a contentious rivalry game.

11/4/17

Douglas E. Mahaven Douglas E. Mahaven, 67, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was the son of the late Harry and Anna Mahaven; husband of Carla (Hartz) Mahaven; father of Tim (Stephanie Kulak) Mahaven, Angela (Jim) Bates and Jaclyn (Jeremy) Sweeney; grandfather of Kaitlyn Bates, Kaden Loveridge, Maddy Sweeney and Cathan Sweeney. Doug was a member of the Syria Shrine, the Mason's Avalon Lodge #657, a member of Royal Order of Scotland and the Grotto MOVPER, and was a veteran of the US Air Force.

10/31/17

Avalon voters will elect a new mayor on Nov. 7, choosing between Republican Brigitte Jackson, who has held the office since last spring's resignation of the former mayor, and Democrat and Avalon Council member Tom Lloyd.

The Citizen asked the candidates the following questions, and their unedited responses are included below. Employment/Education

10/31/17

It's been a while since there has been much competition for the mayor's seat in Ben Avon. Voters this year will choose between incumbent Republican Robert Jones, and Democratic challenger Melanie Hughes-Holcomb.

The Citizen provided the candidates with the following questions. The candidates' responses are complete and unedited. Employment/education

Jones: Employment, -- United States Air Force, FBI, R.B. Jones Corporation, Education, -- Shaler High School, Air Force Institute, Robert Morris